Jessie Caldwell Memorial Lecture — March Meeting Announcement

Join us on Fri­day, March 8th at 7:00 pm in Room 132 of the Archae­ol­o­gy Build­ing on the U of S Cam­pus (55 Cam­pus Dri­ve) for our annu­al Jessie Cald­well Memo­r­i­al Lec­ture! Dr. Paul Hack­ett (Geog­ra­phy & Plan­ning, Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan) will be speak­ing on “His­tor­i­cal Epi­demics in the Fur Trade West: Impli­ca­tions for Archae­o­log­i­cal Prac­tice”. All are wel­come to attend!

Abstract: His­tor­i­cal Epi­demics in the Fur Trade West: Impli­ca­tions for Archae­o­log­i­cal Prac­tice
Dur­ing the fur trade era waves of exoge­nous epi­dem­ic dis­eases such as small­pox and measles increas­ing­ly bat­tered the Indige­nous peo­ple of what is now west­ern Cana­da. While the impact of indi­vid­ual events var­ied con­sid­er­ably, col­lec­tive­ly they left a dev­as­tat­ing imprint on the peo­ple of the region and in turn its human geog­ra­phy. These trag­ic events have left evi­dence in both the eth­no­his­toric and the archae­o­log­i­cal record, and it is cru­cial that present-day researchers look for that imprint in order to more ful­ly inter­pret events of the past. In this talk I exam­ine the nature of that dev­as­ta­tion and its poten­tial impli­ca­tions for archae­o­log­i­cal research. Draw­ing large­ly on the records of the fur trade, through a series of his­tor­i­cal vignettes I focus on post-epi­dem­ic pop­u­la­tion loss, migra­tions, changes to com­mu­ni­ty struc­ture, and their poten­tial impli­ca­tions for the archae­o­log­i­cal record. Build­ing on this, I also explore how archae­ol­o­gists can do much to inform stu­dents of the his­tor­i­cal epi­demi­ol­o­gy of the region, through their field research.

Dr. Paul Hack­ett is an assis­tant pro­fes­sor in the depart­ment of Geog­ra­phy and Plan­ning at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Saskatchewan. He is also a research fac­ul­ty mem­ber in the Saskatchewan Pop­u­la­tion Health and Eval­u­a­tion Research Unit. He received a BA in geog­ra­phy from Car­leton Uni­ver­si­ty, and MA and PHD (geog­ra­phy) from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Man­i­to­ba. Dr. Hackett’s approach to his­tor­i­cal research is inter­dis­ci­pli­nary and com­bines ele­ments of geog­ra­phy, his­to­ry, and anthro­pol­o­gy, to explore health at the pop­u­la­tion lev­el. His grad­u­ate work focussed on the dif­fu­sion of acute infec­tious dis­eases dur­ing the fur trade era, and he has pub­lished a book on the sub­ject. Cur­rent projects exam­ine the ori­gins and his­to­ry of tuber­cu­lo­sis and type 2 dia­betes among First Nations com­mu­ni­ties in west­ern Cana­da. Oth­er recent research projects have focussed on inti­mate part­ner vio­lence against women in rur­al and remote com­mu­ni­ties and he is col­lab­o­rat­ing on a major project look­ing at health aging in place among seniors in rur­al Saskatchewan.